Inexpensive hardware RAID-1 (YES! Hardware & cheapo)
Hi to all!
As several of you like to use RAID-1
inside your ESXi servers
, but a very limited support exists for low cost host controllers (no less than $300), here the holy grail:
For less than $100 (I'm only a system administrator, this price is only for your information) you can obtain an internal hardware enclosure for TWO 2.5'' HD with REAL HARDWARE RAID-1
. The magic word is: SteelVine
SteelVine is a hardware processor from SiliconImage for low cost hardware enclosures (mainly external 2x3.5'' USB/eSATA), with several operation modes. It's works impersonating the SATA HD (no drivers needed!). With only ONE SATA port you can access the two HD in RAID-1, RAID-0, independent disks, or special mixed modes SAFE33/SAFE50.
See more information googling for "SteelVine" and " SteelVine Manager".
My suggestion (tested by me with an ESX4i server) is:
Internal SATA port <---> internal Enclosure for two 2.5 SATA HD and one SATA port
See "external" model (some internal enclosures exists with SATA power+data from several manufactures, but with different name) googling for "2232RUS".
Any product with SteelVine processor can do the work!
Regards!Remark: I prefer to not include here any link to specific shops or list some manufacturers for best neutrality. I have no association with the company named!